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HARI SREENIVASAN: Now to a special reporting effort here at the NewsHour that we are calling America Addicted.
Opioids are now the biggest drug epidemic in American history.
Every night this week and beyond, we will explore the impact and efforts to address this crisis.
I recently traveled to one of the hardest-hit states, West Virginia. It has the highest death rate from drug overdoses in the country. We spent some time in one city to get a sense of just how wide and deep this crisis is and how opioids have changed the very fabric of life there.
MAN: Burger King? Station 316.
MAN: And 3210 Washington Boulevard for an overdose.
Advise that female is outside on the ground.
HARI SREENIVASAN: It’s not even 10:30 in the morning in Huntington, West Virginia, and it’s happened again, another overdose, this time just outside a fast-food restaurant. A woman is unconscious and turning blue on the sidewalk.
First-responders move in with an anti-overd